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With eye on Mueller, Trump seeks to hire impeachment lawyer

By Sheetal Sukhija, Maryland State News
13 Mar 2018, 04:15 GMT+10

WASHINGTON, U.S. - Even as the Special Counsel Robert Muellers Russia probe and another one focussing on U.S. President Donald Trumps possible obstruction of justice draws to an end - the President himself is busy with something else.

Reports have revealed that last week, Trump launched his drive to recruit an impeachment lawyer and even invited former Clinton lawyer Emmet Flood to the Oval Office.

With MuellersTrump-Russia investigation expanding, Trump is now looking to shake up his legal staff.

So far, throughout the investigation,Ty Cobbhas acted asDonald Trumpslawyer.

However, Trump and Cobb have both have previously clarified that Cobb is a temporary solution to a problem growing more worrisome by the week.

Fears that Trump could face impeachment proceedings next year, are now higher than ever.

Republicans in Washington believe that if Democrats retake the House in November, talks of Trumps impeachment, that have so far been downplayed by both the parties, will become a monstrous reality.

And if his recent actions are any proof, Trump too seems to have the same fear.

A report in The New York Times stated that Trump met with the veteran attorneyEmmet Flood,who represented Bill Clintonduring his impeachment trial in 1998.

Several sources quoted in the report confirmed that an interview had taken place in the Oval Office, during which the two discussed the possibility of Flood joining Trumps team to help deal with Muellers investigation.

It said that if Flood agreed, his duties would consist of a day-to-day role helping the president navigate his dealings with the Justice Department.

However, two sources said that the meeting does not signify any new developments in the investigation, but rather underscores Trumps realization that it wont end anytime soon.

Even though Trumps attorneys reportedly reassured him last summer that Muellers probe would wrap up by Thanksgiving, the probe has only gathered steam and was soon extended to Christmas, and then into early 2018.

Last summer, the report stated that Flood had declined to represent Trump and now, it is believed that he would not replace Cobb if he took the job.

One thing that has, however, become apparent over the last week is that Trump is eager to reboot his legal strategy.

He has alternated between praising Cobbs cooperative style and agitating for a more confrontational approach.

Meanwhile, Cobb is believed to have conveyed to his friends that he does not expect to remain in his job much longer.

Further, some advisers have reportedly suggested Trump invite his longtime New York lawyer,Marc Kasowitz,to take the lead again.

In a media briefing on Sunday, Trump responded to a question by a New York Times reporters and said that he was perfectly happy with his current lawyers.

Trump said, The Failing New York Times purposely wrote a false story stating that I am unhappy with my legal team on the Russia case and am going to add another lawyer to help out. Wrong. I am VERY happy with my lawyers, John Dowd, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow. They are doing a great job.

However, reporters were quick to point out that Trump remained mum on the key portion of the report, which was Trumps meeting with Flood to the White House.

He did not comment on seeking a legal strategy to head off potential impeachment proceedings either.

Flood worked in the White House counsels office under George W. Bush and represented Vice President Dick Cheney.

Even though he is a Republican, Flood represented President Bill Clinton during his 1998 impeachment proceedings.

He currently works at the law firm Williams & Connolly, which represents Hillary Clinton, including in the email scandal, which could be a possible reason the firm turned down representing Trump as outside counsel, which led to Cobb's hiring last summer.

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